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Willis Towers Watson Reports Third Quarter 2021 Earnings(1)

  • Total revenue2 increased 4% to $2.0 billion with constant currency growth of 3% and organic growth of 7%
  • Diluted Earnings per Share, including discontinued operations, were $6.99 for the quarter
  • Adjusted Diluted Earnings per Share were $1.73 for the quarter, up 32% over prior year
  • Income from Operations was $1.1 billion or 57.3% of revenue
  • Adjusted Operating Income was $264 million or 13.4% of revenue, up 120 basis points compared to the prior-year quarter

ARLINGTON, Va. and LONDON, Oct. 28, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Willis Towers Watson (NASDAQ: WLTW) (the “Company”), a leading global advisory, broking and solutions company, today announced financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2021.

“I am proud of the Company’s financial results for the third quarter and year to date. Our third quarter results are highlighted by solid revenue growth, continued margin expansion, and strong adjusted EPS growth,” said John Haley, Willis Towers Watson’s chief executive officer. “During the third quarter, Willis Towers Watson continued to evolve our leadership, structure and portfolio of businesses. We introduced our new Global Leadership Team (GLT) and our grow, simplify, and transform strategy. We have significant core strengths which we believe will help guide our strategy that is designed to generate value for all our stakeholders, external and internal, going forward.”

Third Quarter Company Highlights

All GAAP profitability metrics referenced include the benefit of the $1 billion income receipt that was received as a result of the termination of the proposed Aon transaction during the third quarter of 2021 (see additional disclosures in the Company’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 30, 2021).

Revenue was $1.97 billion for the third quarter of 2021, an increase of 4% (3% increase constant currency and 7% increase organic) as compared to $1.90 billion for the same period in the prior year.

For the nine months ended September 30, 2021, revenue was $6.29 billion, an increase of 6% (3% increase constant currency and 6% increase organic) as compared to $5.95 billion for the same period in the prior year.

Income from operations for the third quarter of 2021 was $1.1 billion, or 57.3% of revenue, an increase from $66 million or 3.5% of revenue in the third quarter of the prior year. Adjusted operating income was $264 million, or 13.4% of revenue, an increase of 120 basis points compared to the third quarter of the prior year. Net income attributable to Willis Towers Watson for the third quarter of 2021 was $903 million, an increase of 646% from $121 million for the prior-year third quarter. For the quarter, diluted earnings per share, which includes discontinued operations, were $6.99 and adjusted diluted earnings per share were $1.73. The U.S. GAAP tax rate for the quarter was 22.5%, and the adjusted income tax rate for the quarter used in calculating adjusted diluted earnings per share was 23.2%.

For the nine months ended September 30, 2021, income from operations was $1.5 billion, or 24.0% of revenue, an increase from $280 million or 4.7% of revenue in the same period in the prior year. Adjusted operating income was $920 million, or 14.6% of revenue, an increase of 210 basis points compared to the same period in the prior year. Net income attributable to Willis Towers Watson for the nine months ended September 30, 2021, was $1.8 billion, an increase of 250% from $520 million for the same period in the prior year. For the nine months ended September 30, 2021, diluted earnings per share, which includes discontinued operations, were $14.00 and adjusted diluted earnings per share were $6.04. For the nine months ended September 30, 2021, the U.S. GAAP tax rate was 19.6%, and the adjusted income tax rate used in calculating adjusted diluted earnings per share was 20.3%.

Net income, which includes discontinued operations, for the third quarter of 2021 was $907 million, or 46.0% of revenue, an increase from net income of $122 million, or 6.4% of revenue for the prior-year third quarter. Adjusted EBITDA for the third quarter of 2021 was $415 million, or 21.0% of revenue, an increase from Adjusted EBITDA of $375 million, or 19.8% of revenue.

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All performance metrics are presented on a continuing operations basis except where stated otherwise.
2 The revenue amounts included in this release are presented on a U.S. GAAP basis except where stated otherwise. The segment discussion is on an organic basis.

Net income, which includes discontinued operations, for the nine months ended September 30, 2021 was $1.8 billion, or 29.1% of revenue, an increase from net income of $537 million or 9.0% of revenue for the same period in the prior year. Adjusted EBITDA for the nine months ended September 30, 2021 was $1.4 billion, or 21.8% of revenue, an increase from Adjusted EBITDA of $1.2 billion, or 19.9% of revenue.

Cash flows from operating activities, which includes discontinued operations, for the nine months ended September 30, 2021 were $1.88 billion, up 56% compared to $1.21 billion for the prior-year. Free cash flow, which includes discontinued operations, for the nine months ended September 30, 2021 was $1.77 billion, up 73% compared to $1.02 billion for the prior-year. The increase in year-over-year free cash flow was primarily due to the termination income receipt, net of increased cash transaction and integration fees of $942 million. This was partially offset by net legal settlement payments of approximately $185 million for the previously-announced Stanford and Willis Towers Watson merger settlements and higher incentive compensation of approximately $189 million. Absent these items, free cash flow would have been $1.20 billion, up 17% versus the prior year. During the nine months ended September 30, 2021, the Company had repurchased 4.5 million shares of Willis Towers Watson stock for $1 billion.

Risks and Uncertainties Related to the COVID-19 Pandemic

The extent to which COVID-19 impacts our business and financial position will depend on future developments which are difficult to predict. These future developments may include the severity and scope of the COVID-19 outbreak, which may unexpectedly change or worsen, and the types and duration of measures imposed by governmental authorities to contain the virus or address its impact. During 2020 and through the first quarter of 2021, the COVID-19 pandemic had a negative impact on revenue growth, particularly in our businesses that are discretionary in nature, but otherwise it generally did not have a material impact on our overall results. We saw an increased demand for these services, which improved revenue growth, in the second and third quarters of 2021. We believe this positive trend could continue for the remainder of the year with some variability based on further disruptions to the supply chain, workforce availability, vaccination rates and further social-distancing orders in jurisdictions where we do business. In light of the effects on our own business operations and those of our clients, suppliers and other third parties with whom we interact, the Company has regularly considered the impact of COVID-19 on our business, taking into account our business resilience and continuity plans, financial modeling and stress testing of liquidity and financial resources. For additional information on the risks posed by COVID-19, see additional disclosures in the Company’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 30, 2021.

Segment Highlights

Human Capital & Benefits

The Human Capital & Benefits (HCB) segment had revenue of $852 million, an increase of 7% (5% increase constant currency and 6% increase organic) from $796 million in the prior-year third quarter. On an organic basis, Talent and Rewards led the segment’s revenue growth, driven by strong market demand for rewards advisory work coupled with talent and compensation products. Health and Benefits revenue grew primarily from increased consulting work and commissions in North America alongside continued expansion of our local portfolios and global benefits management appointments outside of North America. Technology and Administrative Solutions revenue increased due to new project and client activity in Great Britain. Retirement revenue was materially flat with growth in Great Britain driven by funding and Guaranteed Minimum Pension (‘GMP’) equalization work largely offset by a decline in revenue in North America, resulting from decreased de-risking activity. The HCB segment had an operating margin of 28.4%, as compared to 26.3% for the prior-year third quarter.

Corporate Risk & Broking

The Corporate Risk & Broking (CRB) segment had revenue of $697 million, an increase of 7% (6% increase constant currency and 6% increase organic) from $649 million in the prior-year third quarter. On an organic basis, North America led the segment primarily from new business across M&A, FINEX, Construction and Aerospace and was further aided by gains recorded in connection with book-of-business settlements. Revenue in International, Great Britain and Western Europe also increased with new business generation and strong renewals across several insurance lines, most notably, in FINEX and Retail. The CRB segment had an operating margin of 16.3%, as compared to 12.5% for the prior-year third quarter.

Investment, Risk & Reinsurance

The Investment, Risk & Reinsurance (IRR) segment had revenue of $172 million, a decrease of 22% (24% decrease constant currency and 10% increase organic) from $220 million in the prior-year third quarter. On an organic basis, advisory-related fees led the revenue growth in both our Insurance Consulting and Technology business and Investment business, which was further aided by increased contingent performance fees. IRR revenue excludes the Reinsurance line of business which has been reported as discontinued operations. The IRR segment had an operating margin of 12.9%, as compared to 9.3% for the prior-year third quarter.

In September 2020, the Company sold its Max Matthiessen business, and the sale of Miller, its wholesale insurance broking subsidiary, was completed on March 1, 2021 (see additional disclosures in the Company’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 30, 2021).

Benefits Delivery & Administration

The Benefits Delivery & Administration (BDA) segment had revenue of $242 million, an increase of 7% (7% increase constant currency and 7% increase organic) from $226 million in the prior-year third quarter. BDA’s organic revenue increase was led by Individual Marketplace, primarily by TRANZACT, which generated revenue of $111 million in the third quarter with strong growth in Medicare Advantage and Life sales. Benefits Outsourcing revenue also increased, driven by its expanded client base. The BDA segment had an operating margin of negative 7.9%, as compared to negative 5.3% for the prior-year third quarter.

2021 Guidance

For the full year 2021, Willis Towers Watson expects organic revenue growth of around 6%; and an adjusted operating margin in the range of 19.5% to 20.0% on a continuing operations basis.

Conference Call

The Company will host a live webcast and conference call to discuss the financial results for the third quarter. It will be held on Thursday, October 28, 2021, beginning at 9:00 a.m. Eastern Time, and can be accessed via the Internet at www.willistowerswatson.com. The replay of the call will be available shortly after the live call for a period of three months. A telephonic replay of the call will also be available for 24 hours at 404-537-3406, conference ID 9467436.

About Willis Towers Watson

Willis Towers Watson (NASDAQ: WLTW) is a leading global advisory, broking and solutions company that helps clients around the world turn risk into a path for growth. With roots dating to 1828, Willis Towers Watson has more than 46,000 employees and services clients in more than 140 countries. We design and deliver solutions that manage risk, optimize benefits, cultivate talent, and expand the power of capital to protect and strengthen institutions and individuals. Our unique perspective allows us to see the critical intersections between talent, assets and ideas — the dynamic formula that drives business performance. Together, we unlock potential. Learn more at willistowerswatson.com.

Willis Towers Watson Non-GAAP Measures

In order to assist readers of our consolidated financial statements in understanding the core operating results that Willis Towers Watson’s management uses to evaluate the business and for financial planning, we present the following non-GAAP measures: (1) Constant Currency Change, (2) Organic Change, (3) Adjusted Operating Income/Margin, (4) Adjusted EBITDA/Margin, (5) Adjusted Net Income, (6) Adjusted Diluted Earnings Per Share, (7) Adjusted Income Before Taxes, (8) Adjusted Income Taxes/Tax Rate and (9) Free Cash Flow.

We believe that these measures are relevant and provide useful information widely used by analysts, investors and other interested parties in our industry to provide a baseline for evaluating and comparing our operating performance, and in the case of free cash flow, our liquidity results.

Within these measures referred to as ‘adjusted’, we adjust for significant items which will not be settled in cash, or which we believe to be items that are not core to our current or future operations. Some of these items may not be applicable for the current quarter, however they are expected to be part of our full-year results. These items include the following:

  • Restructuring costs and transaction and integration, net – Management believes it is appropriate to adjust for restructuring costs and transaction and integration, net when they relate to a specific significant program with a defined set of activities and costs that are not expected to continue beyond a defined period of time, or significant acquisition-related transaction expenses. We believe the adjustment is necessary to present how the Company is performing, both now and in the future when the incurrence of these costs will have concluded.
  • Gains and losses on disposals of operations – Adjustment to remove the gain or loss resulting from disposed operations.
  • Pension settlement and curtailment gains and losses – Adjustment to remove significant pension settlement and curtailment gains and losses to better present how the Company is performing.
  • Abandonment of long-lived asset – Adjustment to remove the depreciation expense resulting from internally-developed software that was abandoned prior to being placed into service.
  • Provisions for significant litigation – We will include provisions for litigation matters which we believe are not representative of our core business operations. These amounts are presented net of insurance and other recovery receivables.
  • Tax effect of statutory rate changes – Relates to the incremental tax expense or benefit from significant statutory income tax rate changes enacted in material jurisdictions in which we operate.
  • Tax effect of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (‘CARES’) Act – Relates to the incremental tax expense impact, primarily from the Base Erosion and Anti-Abuse Tax (‘BEAT’), generated from electing certain income tax provisions of the CARES Act.        
  • Tax effects of internal reorganization – Relates to the U.S. income tax expense resulting from the completion of internal reorganizations of the ownership of certain businesses that reduced the investments held by our U.S.-controlled subsidiaries.

We evaluate our revenue on an as reported (U.S. GAAP), constant currency and organic basis. We believe presenting constant currency and organic information provides valuable supplemental information regarding our comparable results, consistent with how we evaluate our performance internally.

We consider Constant Currency Change, Organic Change, Adjusted Operating Income/Margin, Adjusted EBITDA/Margin, Adjusted Net Income, Adjusted Diluted Earnings Per Share, Adjusted Income Before Taxes, Adjusted Income Taxes/Tax Rate and Free Cash Flow to be important financial measures, which are used to internally evaluate and assess our core operations and to benchmark our operating and liquidity results against our competitors. These non-GAAP measures are important in illustrating what our comparable operating and liquidity results would have been had we not incurred transaction-related and non-recurring items. Our non-GAAP measures and their accompanying definitions are presented as follows:

Constant Currency Change – Represents the year-over-year change in revenue excluding the impact of foreign currency fluctuations. To calculate this impact, the prior year local currency results are first translated using the current year monthly average exchange rates. The change is calculated by comparing the prior year revenue, translated at the current year monthly average exchange rates, to the current year as reported revenue, for the same period. We believe constant currency measures provide useful information to investors because they provide transparency to performance by excluding the effects that foreign currency exchange rate fluctuations have on period-over-period comparability given volatility in foreign currency exchange markets.

Organic Change – Excludes the impact of fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates, as described above and the period-over-period impact of acquisitions and divestitures on current-year revenue. We believe that excluding transaction-related items from our U.S. GAAP financial measures provides useful supplemental information to our investors, and it is important in illustrating what our core operating results would have been had we not included these transaction-related items, since the nature, size and number of these translation-related items can vary from period to period.

Adjusted Operating Income/Margin – Income from operations adjusted for amortization, restructuring costs, transaction and integration, net and non-recurring items that, in management’s judgment, significantly affect the period-over-period assessment of operating results. Adjusted operating income margin is calculated by dividing adjusted operating income by revenue. We consider adjusted operating income/margin to be important financial measures, which are used internally to evaluate and assess our core operations and to benchmark our operating results against our competitors.

Adjusted EBITDA/Margin – Net Income adjusted for loss/(income) from discontinued operations, net of tax, provision for income taxes, interest expense, depreciation and amortization, restructuring costs, transaction and integration, net, gains and losses on disposals of operations and non-recurring items that, in management’s judgment, significantly affect the period-over-period assessment of operating results. Adjusted EBITDA Margin is calculated by dividing adjusted EBITDA by revenue. We consider adjusted EBITDA/margin to be important financial measures, which are used internally to evaluate and assess our core operations, to benchmark our operating results against our competitors and to evaluate and measure our performance-based compensation plans.

Adjusted Net Income – Net Income Attributable to Willis Towers Watson adjusted for loss/(income) from discontinued operations, net of tax, amortization, restructuring costs, transaction and integration, net, gains and losses on disposals of operations and non-recurring items that, in management’s judgment, significantly affect the period-over-period assessment of operating results and the related tax effect of those adjustments and the tax effects of internal reorganizations. This measure is used solely for the purpose of calculating adjusted diluted earnings per share.

Adjusted Diluted Earnings Per Share – Adjusted Net Income divided by the weighted-average number of shares of common stock, diluted. Adjusted diluted earnings per share is used to internally evaluate and assess our core operations and to benchmark our operating results against our competitors.

Adjusted Income Before Taxes – Income from operations before income taxes adjusted for amortization, restructuring costs, transaction and integration, net, gains and losses on disposals of operations and non-recurring items that, in management’s judgment, significantly affect the period-over-period assessment of operating results. Adjusted income before taxes is used solely for the purpose of calculating the adjusted income tax rate.

Adjusted Income Taxes/Tax Rate – Provision for income taxes adjusted for taxes on certain items of amortization, restructuring costs, transaction and integration, net, gains and losses on disposals of operations, the tax effects of internal reorganizations, and non-recurring items that, in management’s judgment, significantly affect the period-over-period assessment of operating results, divided by adjusted income before taxes. Adjusted income taxes is used solely for the purpose of calculating the adjusted income tax rate. Management believes that the adjusted income tax rate presents a rate that is more closely aligned to the rate that we would incur if not for the reduction of pre-tax income for the adjusted items and the tax effects of internal reorganizations, which are not core to our current and future operations.

Free Cash Flow – Cash flows from operating activities less cash used to purchase fixed assets and software for internal use. Free Cash Flow is a liquidity measure and is not meant to represent residual cash flow available for discretionary expenditures. Management believes that free cash flow presents the core operating performance and cash-generating capabilities of our business operations.

These non-GAAP measures are not defined in the same manner by all companies and may not be comparable to other similarly titled measures of other companies. Non-GAAP measures should be considered in addition to, and not as a substitute for, the information contained within our condensed consolidated financial statements.

Reconciliations of these measures are included in the accompanying tables with the following exception.

The Company does not reconcile its forward-looking non-GAAP financial measures to the corresponding U.S. GAAP measures, due to variability and difficulty in making accurate forecasts and projections and/or certain information not being ascertainable or accessible; and because not all of the information, such as foreign currency impacts necessary for a quantitative reconciliation of these forward-looking non-GAAP financial measures to the most directly comparable U.S. GAAP financial measure, is available to the Company without unreasonable efforts. For the same reasons, the Company is unable to address the probable significance of the unavailable information. The Company provides non-GAAP financial measures that it believes will be achieved, however it cannot accurately predict all of the components of the adjusted calculations and the U.S. GAAP measures may be materially different than the non-GAAP measures.

Willis Towers Watson Forward-Looking Statements

This document contains “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. You can identify these statements and other forward-looking statements in this document by words such as “may”, “will”, “would”, “expect”, “anticipate”, “believe”, “estimate”, “plan”, “intend”, “continue”, or similar words, expressions or the negative of such terms or other comparable terminology. These statements include, but are not limited to, such things as our outlook, the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on our business, impact of the termination of the business combination with Aon plc and the divestitures contemplated in connection therewith, future capital expenditures, ongoing working capital efforts, future share repurchases, financial results (including our revenue), the impact of changes to tax laws on our financial results, existing and evolving business strategies and acquisitions and dispositions, demand for our services and competitive strengths, goals, the benefits of new initiatives, growth of our business and operations, our ability to successfully manage ongoing organizational and technology changes, including investments in improving systems and processes, and plans and references to future successes, including our future financial and operating results, plans, objectives, expectations and intentions and other statements that are not historical facts. Such statements are based upon the current beliefs and expectations of Willis Towers Watson’s management and are subject to significant risks and uncertainties. Actual results may differ from those set forth in the forward-looking statements. All forward-looking disclosure is speculative by its nature.

There are important risks, uncertainties, events and factors that could cause our actual results or performance to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements contained herein, including the following: our ability to successfully establish, execute and achieve our global business strategy as it evolves; changes in demand for our services, including any decline in consulting services, defined benefit pension plans or the purchasing of insurance; the risks related to changes in general economic, business and political conditions, including changes in the financial markets and inflation; the risks relating to the adverse impact of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic on the demand for our products and services, our cash flows and our business operations, including increased demand on our information technology resources and systems and related risks of cybersecurity breaches or incidents; the risks relating to or arising from the termination of the business combination with Aon plc announced in March 2020 and the divestitures contemplated in connection therewith, including, among others, risks relating to the impact of such terminations on relationships, including with suppliers, customers, employees and regulators, risks relating to litigation in connection with the business combination and the impact of the costs of the business combination that will be borne by us, despite the business combination being terminated and the income receipt of the termination fee and its estimated income tax impact; our ability to consummate the transaction with Arthur J. Gallagher in the expected timeframe, or at all, and related risks; significant competition that we face and the potential for loss of market share and/or profitability; the impact of seasonality, differences in timing of renewals and non-recurring revenue increases from disposals and book-of-business sales; the failure to protect client data or breaches of information systems or insufficient safeguards against cybersecurity breaches or incidents; the risk of increased liability or new legal claims arising from our new and existing products and services, and expectations, intentions and outcomes relating to outstanding litigation; the risk of substantial negative outcomes on existing litigation or investigation matters; changes in the regulatory environment in which we operate, including, among other risks, the impacts of pending competition law and regulatory investigations; various claims, government inquiries or investigations or the potential for regulatory action; our ability to make divestitures or acquisitions and our ability to integrate or manage such acquired businesses; our ability to successfully hedge against fluctuations in foreign currency rates; our ability to integrate direct-to-consumer sales and marketing solutions with our existing offerings and solutions; our ability to comply with complex and evolving regulations related to data privacy and cyber security; our ability to successfully manage ongoing organizational changes, including investments in improving systems and processes; disasters or business continuity problems; the impact of Brexit; our ability to successfully enhance our billing, collection and other working capital efforts, and thereby increase our free cash flow; the potential impact of the anticipated replacement of the London Interbank Offered Rate (‘LIBOR’); our ability to properly identify and manage conflicts of interest; reputational damage, including from association with third parties; reliance on third-party services; the loss of key employees or a large number of employees; doing business internationally, including the impact of exchange rates; compliance with extensive government regulation; the risk of sanctions imposed by governments, or changes to associated sanction regulations; our ability to effectively apply technology, data and analytics changes for internal operations, maintaining industry standards and meeting client preferences; changes and developments in the insurance industry or the U.S. healthcare system, including those related to Medicare and any policy changes from the new Presidential administration and legislative actions from the current U.S. Congress; the inability to protect the Company’s intellectual property rights, or the potential infringement upon the intellectual property rights of others; fluctuations in our pension assets and liabilities; our capital structure, including indebtedness amounts, the limitations imposed by the covenants in the documents governing such indebtedness and the maintenance of the financial and disclosure controls and procedures of each; our ability to obtain financing on favorable terms or at all; adverse changes in our credit ratings; the impact of recent or potential changes to U.S. or foreign tax laws, including on our effective tax rate, and the enactment of additional, or the revision of existing, state, federal, and/or foreign regulatory and tax laws, development of case law, regulations and any policy changes from the new Presidential administration and legislative actions from the current U.S. Congress; U.S. federal income tax consequences to U.S. persons owning at least 10% of our shares; changes in accounting principles, estimates or assumptions; fluctuation in revenue against our relatively fixed or higher than expected expenses; the laws of Ireland being different from the laws of the U.S. and potentially affording less protections to the holders of our securities; and our holding company structure potentially preventing us from being able to receive dividends or other distributions in needed amounts from our subsidiaries. The foregoing list of factors is not exhaustive and new factors may emerge from time to time that could also affect actual performance and results. For more information, please see Part I, Item 1A in our Annual Report on Form 10-K, and our subsequent filings with the SEC. Copies are available online at http://www.sec.gov or www.willistowerswatson.com.

Although we believe that the assumptions underlying our forward-looking statements are reasonable, any of these assumptions, and therefore also the forward-looking statements based on these assumptions, could themselves prove to be inaccurate. Given the significant uncertainties inherent in the forward-looking statements included in this document, our inclusion of this information is not a representation or guarantee by us that our objectives and plans will be achieved.

Our forward-looking statements speak only as of the date made, and we will not update these forward-looking statements unless the securities laws require us to do so. With regard to these risks, uncertainties and assumptions, the forward-looking events discussed in this document may not occur, and we caution you against unduly relying on these forward-looking statements.

Contact

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WILLIS TOWERS WATSON
Supplemental Segment Information
(In millions of U.S. dollars)
(Unaudited)

REVENUE      
                  Components of Revenue Change(i)  
    Three Months Ended September 30,     As Reported     Currency     Constant Currency     Acquisitions/     Organic  
    2021     2020     % Change     Impact     Change     Divestitures     Change  
                                                         
Human Capital & Benefits   $ 852     $ 796     7 %     2 %     5 %     0 %     6 %  
Corporate Risk & Broking     697       649     7 %     1 %     6 %     0 %     6 %  
Investment, Risk & Reinsurance     172       220     (22 )%     2 %     (24 )%     (34 )%     10 %  
Benefits Delivery & Administration     242       226     7 %     0 %     7 %     0 %     7 %  
Segment Revenue     1,963       1,891     4 %     1 %     3 %     (4 )%     7 %  
Reimbursable expenses and other     10       6                                          
Revenue   $ 1,973     $ 1,897     4 %     1 %     3 %     (4 )%     7 %  

 

                  Components of Revenue Change(i)  
    Nine Months Ended September 30,     As Reported     Currency     Constant Currency     Acquisitions/     Organic  
    2021     2020     % Change     Impact     Change     Divestitures     Change  
                                                         
Human Capital & Benefits   $ 2,563     $ 2,413     6 %     3 %     3 %     0 %     3 %  
Corporate Risk & Broking     2,295       2,089     10 %     3 %     6 %     0 %     6 %  
Investment, Risk & Reinsurance     615       716     (14 )%     4 %     (18 )%     (30 )%     12 %  
Benefits Delivery & Administration     771       666     16 %     0 %     16 %     1 %     15 %  
Segment Revenue     6,244       5,884     6 %     3 %     3 %     (4 )%     7 %  
Reimbursable expenses and other     48       62                                          
Revenue   $ 6,292     $ 5,946     6 %     3 %     3 %     (4 )%     6 %  

(i) Components of revenue change may not add due to rounding

 

SEGMENT OPERATING INCOME/(LOSS) (i)

    Three Months Ended September 30,    
    2021     2020    
                   
Human Capital & Benefits   $ 242     $ 209    
Corporate Risk & Broking     114       81    
Investment, Risk & Reinsurance     22       20    
Benefits Delivery & Administration     (19 )     (11 )  
Segment Operating Income   $ 359     $ 299    

 

                   
    Nine Months Ended September 30,    
    2021     2020    
                   
Human Capital & Benefits   $ 654     $ 582    
Corporate Risk & Broking     457       343    
Investment, Risk & Reinsurance     108       108    
Benefits Delivery & Administration     (22 )     (31 )  
Segment Operating Income   $ 1,197     $ 1,002    

(i) Segment operating income/(loss) excludes certain costs, including amortization of intangibles, restructuring costs, transaction and integration expenses, certain litigation provisions, and to the extent that the actual expense based upon which allocations are made differs from the forecast/budget amount, a reconciling item will be created between internally-allocated expenses and the actual expenses reported for U.S. GAAP purposes.

SEGMENT OPERATING MARGINS

    Three Months Ended September 30,  
    2021       2020    
Human Capital & Benefits   28.4%       26.3%    
Corporate Risk & Broking   16.3%       12.5%    
Investment, Risk & Reinsurance   12.9%       9.3%    
Benefits Delivery & Administration   (7.9)%       (5.3)%    

 

    Nine Months Ended September 30,  
    2021       2020    
Human Capital & Benefits   25.5%       24.1%    
Corporate Risk & Broking   19.9%       16.4%    
Investment, Risk & Reinsurance   17.7%       15.1%    
Benefits Delivery & Administration   (2.9)%       (4.7)%    

RECONCILIATIONS OF SEGMENT OPERATING INCOME TO INCOME FROM OPERATIONS BEFORE INCOME TAXES

    Three Months Ended September 30,    
    2021     2020    
                   
Segment Operating Income   $ 359     $ 299    
Amortization     (85 )     (108 )  
Transaction and integration expenses(i)     952       (42 )  
Unallocated, net(ii)     (95 )     (83 )  
Income from Operations     1,131       66    
Interest expense     (50 )     (61 )  
Other income, net     105       156    
Income from operations before income taxes   $ 1,186     $ 161    

 

    Nine Months Ended September 30,    
    2021     2020    
                   
Segment Operating Income   $ 1,197     $ 1,002    
Amortization     (285 )     (347 )  
Transaction and integration expenses(i)     877       (65 )  
Unallocated, net(ii)     (277 )     (310 )  
Income from Operations     1,512       280    
Interest expense     (161 )     (184 )  
Other income, net     617       321    
Income from operations before income taxes   $ 1,968     $ 417    

(i) Includes mainly transaction costs related to the proposed Aon combination prior to its termination.
(ii) Includes certain costs, primarily related to corporate functions which are not directly related to the segments, and certain differences between budgeted expenses determined at the beginning of the year and actual expenses that we report for U.S. GAAP purposes. Additionally, these costs also include corporate costs that had previously been allocated to Willis Re, due to the reclassification of the Wills Re results as discontinued operations.

 

WILLIS TOWERS WATSON
Reconciliations of Non-GAAP Measures
(In millions of U.S. dollars, except per share data)
(Unaudited)

RECONCILIATIONS OF NET INCOME ATTRIBUTABLE TO WILLIS TOWERS WATSON TO ADJUSTED DILUTED EARNINGS PER SHARE

    Three Months Ended September 30,  
      2021       2020  
                 
Net Income attributable to Willis Towers Watson   $ 903     $ 121  
Adjusted for certain items:                
Loss/(income) from discontinued operations, net of tax     12       (3 )
Amortization     85       108  
Transaction and integration, net     (952 )     42  
Provision for significant litigation           15  
Gain on disposal of operations     (23 )     (85 )
Tax effect on certain items listed above(i)     199       (31 )
Tax effect of the CARES Act           3  
Adjusted Net Income   $ 224     $ 170  
                 
Weighted-average shares of common stock, diluted     129       130  
                 
Diluted Earnings Per Share   $ 6.99     $ 0.93  
Adjusted for certain items:(ii)                
 Loss/(income) from discontinued operations, net of tax     0.09       (0.02 )
Amortization     0.66       0.83  
Transaction and integration, net     (7.37 )     0.32  
Provision for significant litigation           0.12  
 Gain on disposal of operations     (0.18 )     (0.65 )
Tax effect on certain items listed above(i)     1.54       (0.24 )
Tax effect of the CARES Act           0.02  
Adjusted Diluted Earnings Per Share   $ 1.73     $ 1.31  

 

       
    Nine Months Ended September 30,  
      2021       2020  
                 
Net Income attributable to Willis Towers Watson   $ 1,820     $ 520  
Adjusted for certain items:                
Income from discontinued operations, net of tax     (247 )     (253 )
Abandonment of long-lived asset           35  
Amortization     285       347  
Transaction and integration, net     (877 )     65  
Provision for significant litigation           15  
Gain on disposal of operations     (380 )     (83 )
Tax effect on certain items listed above(i)     144       (96 )
Tax effect of statutory rate change     40        
Tax effect of the CARES Act           38  
Adjusted Net Income   $ 785     $ 588  
                 
Weighted-average shares of common stock, diluted     130       130  
                 
Diluted Earnings Per Share   $ 14.00     $ 3.99  
Adjusted for certain items:(ii)                
Income from discontinued operations, net of tax     (1.90 )     (1.95 )
Abandonment of long-lived asset           0.27  
Amortization     2.19       2.66  
Transaction and integration, net     (6.75 )     0.50  
Provision for significant litigation           0.12  
Gain on disposal of operations     (2.92 )     (0.64 )
Tax effect on certain items listed above(i)     1.11       (0.74 )
Tax effect of statutory rate change     0.31        
Tax effect of the CARES Act           0.29  
Adjusted Diluted Earnings Per Share   $ 6.04     $ 4.52  

(i) The tax effect was calculated using an effective tax rate for each item.
(ii) Per share values and totals may differ due to rounding.

 

RECONCILIATIONS OF NET INCOME TO ADJUSTED EBITDA

    Three Months Ended September 30,  
      2021           2020          
                             
Net Income   $ 907     46.0 % $ 122       6.4 %
Loss/(income) from discontinued operations, net of tax     12           (3 )        
Provision for income taxes     267           42          
Interest expense     50           61          
Depreciation     69           73          
Amortization     85           108          
Transaction and integration, net     (952 )         42          
Provision for significant litigation               15          
Gain on disposal of operations     (23 )         (85 )        
Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA Margin   $ 415     21.0 % $ 375       19.8 %

 

    Nine Months Ended September 30,  
      2021           2020          
                             
Net Income   $ 1,829     29.1 % $ 537       9.0 %
Income from discontinued operations, net of tax     (247 )         (253 )        
Provision for income taxes     386           133          
Interest expense     161           184          
Depreciation(i)     212           237          
Amortization     285           347          
Transaction and integration, net     (877 )         65          
Provision for significant litigation               15          
Gain on disposal of operations     (380 )         (83 )        
Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA Margin   $ 1,369     21.8 % $ 1,182       19.9 %

(i) Includes abandonment of long-lived asset of $35 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2020.

RECONCILIATIONS OF INCOME FROM OPERATIONS TO ADJUSTED OPERATING INCOME

    Three Months Ended September 30,  
      2021           2020          
                             
Income from operations   $ 1,131     57.3 % $ 66       3.5 %
Adjusted for certain items:                            
Amortization     85           108          
Transaction and integration, net     (952 )         42          
Provision for significant litigation               15          
Adjusted operating income   $ 264     13.4 % $ 231       12.2 %

 

    Nine Months Ended September 30,  
      2021           2020          
                             
Income from operations   $ 1,512     24.0 % $ 280       4.7 %
Adjusted for certain items:                            
Abandonment of long-lived asset               35          
Amortization     285           347          
Transaction and integration, net     (877 )         65          
Provision for significant litigation               15          
Adjusted operating income   $ 920     14.6 % $ 742       12.5 %

RECONCILIATIONS OF GAAP INCOME TAXES/TAX RATE TO ADJUSTED INCOME TAXES/TAX RATE

    Three Months Ended September 30,  
      2021       2020  
Income from continuing operations before income taxes   $ 1,186     $ 161  
                 
Adjusted for certain items:                
Amortization     85       108  
Transaction and integration, net     (952 )     42  
Provision for significant litigation           15  
Gain on disposal of operations     (23 )     (85 )
Adjusted income before taxes   $ 296     $ 241  
                 
Provision for income taxes   $ 267     $ 42  
Tax effect on certain items listed above(i)     (199 )     31  
Tax effect of the CARES Act           (3 )
Adjusted income taxes   $ 68     $ 70  
                 
U.S. GAAP tax rate     22.5 %     26.6 %
Adjusted income tax rate     23.2 %     29.3 %

 

    Nine Months Ended September 30,  
      2021       2020  
Income from continuing operations before income taxes   $ 1,968     $ 417  
                 
Adjusted for certain items:                
Abandonment of long-lived asset           35  
Amortization     285       347  
Transaction and integration, net     (877 )     65  
Provision for significant litigation           15  
Gain on disposal of operations     (380 )     (83 )
Adjusted income before taxes   $ 996     $ 796  
                 
Provision for income taxes   $ 386     $ 133  
Tax effect on certain items listed above(i)     (144 )     96  
Tax effect of statutory rate change     (40 )      
Tax effect of the CARES Act           (38 )
Adjusted income taxes   $ 202     $ 191  
                 
U.S. GAAP tax rate     19.6 %     31.9 %
Adjusted income tax rate     20.3 %     24.0 %

(i) The tax effect was calculated using an effective tax rate for each item.

RECONCILIATION OF CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES TO FREE CASH FLOW

    Nine Months Ended September 30,    
      2021       2020    
Cash flows from operating activities   $ 1,877     $ 1,206    
Less: Additions to fixed assets and software for internal use     (109 )     (183 )  
Free Cash Flow   $ 1,768     $ 1,023    
 
 

WILLIS TOWERS WATSON
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income
(In millions of U.S. dollars, except per share data)
(Unaudited)

    Three Months Ended
September 30,
    Nine Months Ended
September 30,
 
    2021     2020     2021     2020  
Revenue   $ 1,973     $ 1,897     $ 6,292     $ 5,946  
                                 
Costs of providing services                                
Salaries and benefits     1,255       1,238       3,991       3,807  
Other operating expenses     385       370       1,169       1,210  
Depreciation     69       73       212       237  
Amortization     85       108       285       347  
Transaction and integration expenses     (952 )     42       (877 )     65  
Total costs of providing services     842       1,831       4,780       5,666  
                                 
Income from operations     1,131       66       1,512       280  
                                 
Interest expense     (50 )     (61 )     (161 )     (184 )
Other income, net     105       156       617       321  
                                 
INCOME FROM CONTINUING OPERATIONS BEFORE INCOME TAXES   1,186       161       1,968       417  
                                 
Provision for income taxes     (267 )     (42 )     (386 )     (133 )
                                 
INCOME FROM CONTINUING OPERATIONS     919       119       1,582       284  
                                 
(Loss)/income from discontinued operations before income taxes     (15 )     7       317       319  
Benefit from/(provision for) income taxes on discontinued operations     3       (4 )     (70 )     (66 )
(LOSS)/INCOME FROM DISCONTINUED OPERATIONS, NET OF TAX     (12 )     3       247       253  
                                 
NET INCOME   907       122       1,829       537  
                                 
Income attributable to non-controlling interests     (4 )     (1 )     (9 )     (17 )
                                 
NET INCOME ATTRIBUTABLE TO WILLIS TOWERS WATSON   $ 903     $ 121     $ 1,820     $ 520  
                                 
                                 
EARNINGS PER SHARE                                
Basic earnings per share:                                
Income from continuing operations per share   $ 7.10     $ 0.91     $ 12.14     $ 2.06  
(Loss)/income from discontinued operations per share     (0.09 )     0.02       1.90       1.95  
Basic earnings per share   $ 7.01     $ 0.93     $ 14.04     $ 4.01  
Diluted earnings per share:                                
Income from continuing operations per share   $ 7.08     $ 0.91     $ 12.10     $ 2.05  
(Loss)/income from discontinued operations per share     (0.09 )     0.02       1.90       1.94  
Diluted earnings per share   $ 6.99     $ 0.93     $ 14.00     $ 3.99  
                                 
Weighted-average shares of common stock, basic     129       130       130       130  
Weighted-average shares of common stock, diluted     129       130       130       130  
 
 

WILLIS TOWERS WATSON
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(In millions of U.S. dollars, except share data)
(Unaudited)

    September 30,     December 31,  
    2021     2020  
ASSETS                
Cash and cash equivalents   $ 2,162     $ 2,039  
Fiduciary assets     10,923       12,003  
Accounts receivable, net     2,065       2,408  
Prepaid and other current assets     480       475  
Current assets held for sale     4,961       3,376  
Total current assets     20,591       20,301  
Fixed assets, net     881       1,013  
Goodwill     10,146       10,392  
Other intangible assets, net     2,681       3,035  
Right-of-use assets     795       901  
Pension benefits assets     1,056       971  
Other non-current assets     1,132       1,078  
Non-current assets held for sale           840  
Total non-current assets     16,691       18,230  
TOTAL ASSETS   $ 37,282     $ 38,531  
LIABILITIES AND EQUITY                
Fiduciary liabilities   $ 10,923     $ 12,003  
Deferred revenue and accrued expenses     1,829       2,043  
Current debt     644       971  
Current lease liabilities     150       152  
Other current liabilities     950       793  
Current liabilities held for sale     4,120       3,370  
Total current liabilities     18,616       19,332  
Long-term debt     3,993       4,664  
Liability for pension benefits     1,188       1,403  
Deferred tax liabilities     612       561  
Provision for liabilities     401       406  
Long-term lease liabilities     800       917  
Other non-current liabilities     239       281  
Non-current liabilities held for sale           35  
Total non-current liabilities     7,233       8,267  
TOTAL LIABILITIES     25,849       27,599  
COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES                
EQUITY(i)                
Additional paid-in capital     10,786       10,748  
Retained earnings     2,969       2,434  
Accumulated other comprehensive loss, net of tax     (2,359 )     (2,359 )
Treasury shares, at cost, 17,519 shares in 2021 and 2020     (3 )     (3 )
Total Willis Towers Watson shareholders' equity     11,393       10,820  
Non-controlling interests     40       112  
Total Equity     11,433       10,932  
TOTAL LIABILITIES AND EQUITY   $ 37,282     $ 38,531  

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(i)  Equity includes (a) Ordinary shares $0.000304635 nominal value; Authorized 1,510,003,775; Issued 124,595,946 (2021) and 128,964,579 (2020); Outstanding 124,595,946 (2021) and 128,964,579 (2020) and (b) Preference shares, $0.000115 nominal value; Authorized 1,000,000,000 and Issued none in 2021 and 2020.

 

 

WILLIS TOWERS WATSON
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
(In millions of U.S. dollars)
(Unaudited)

    Nine Months Ended September 30,  
    2021     2020  
CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES                
NET INCOME   $ 1,829     $ 537  
Adjustments to reconcile net income to total net cash from operating activities:                
Depreciation     212       238  
Amortization     286       348  
Non-cash lease expense     108       110  
Net periodic benefit of defined benefit pension plans     (125 )     (142 )
Provision for doubtful receivables from clients     13       28  
Provision for deferred income taxes     41       55  
Share-based compensation     71       59  
Net gain on disposal of operations     (380 )     (83 )
Non-cash foreign exchange gain     (5 )     (10 )
Other, net     (21 )     (21 )
Changes in operating assets and liabilities, net of effects from purchase of subsidiaries:                
Accounts receivable     175       359  
Fiduciary assets     (715 )     (2,453 )
Fiduciary liabilities     715       2,453  
Other assets     (135 )     (78 )
Other liabilities     (199 )     (217 )
Provisions     7       23  
Net cash from operating activities     1,877       1,206  
                 
CASH FLOWS FROM/(USED IN) INVESTING ACTIVITIES                
Additions to fixed assets and software for internal use     (109 )     (183 )
Capitalized software costs     (40 )     (49 )
Acquisitions of operations, net of cash acquired           (66 )
Net proceeds from sale of operations     726       212  
Other, net           (22 )
Net cash from/(used in) investing activities     577       (108 )
                 
CASH FLOWS USED IN FINANCING ACTIVITIES                
Senior notes issued           282  
Debt issuance costs           (2 )
Repayments of debt     (970 )     (319 )
Repurchase of shares     (1,000 )      
Proceeds from issuance of shares     2       8  
Payments of deferred and contingent consideration related to acquisitions     (19 )      
Cash paid for employee taxes on withholding shares     (8 )     (14 )
Dividends paid     (275 )     (259 )
Acquisitions of and dividends paid to non-controlling interests     (35 )     (27 )
Other, net           (3 )
Net cash used in financing activities     (2,305 )     (334 )
                 
INCREASE IN CASH, CASH EQUIVALENTS AND RESTRICTED CASH     149       764  
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash     (24 )     (5 )
CASH, CASH EQUIVALENTS AND RESTRICTED CASH, BEGINNING OF PERIOD (i)     2,096       895  
CASH, CASH EQUIVALENTS AND RESTRICTED CASH, END OF PERIOD (i)   $ 2,221     $ 1,654  

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(i)  Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash included $6 million, $7 million, $7 million and $8 million of restricted cash at September 30, 2021, December 31, 2020, September 30, 2020 and December 31, 2019, respectively, which is included within prepaid and other current assets on our condensed consolidated balance sheets. Additionally, cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash included $53 million, $50 million, $56 million and $56 million of cash attributable to discontinued operations at September 30, 2021, December 31, 2020, September 30, 2020 and December 31, 2019, respectively, which is included within assets held for sale on our condensed consolidated balance sheets.

 

 


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